Archive for the ‘Gramophonic News’ Category

Ozzy Osborne gets Brum ‘star’

May 18, 2007

Ozzy

Veritable prince of darkness and bat chewer Ozzy Osbourne is to be honoured with the first star on Birmingham city’s new Walk Of Fame on Broad Street on July 6.

The singer’s induction will be on the same day he plays a hometown show at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena, part of his biggest solo European tour ever.

Ozzy has already been inducted in a Walk Of Fame Before, he was honoured with a star on Hollywood’s version in 2002. However, being given the Brum star makes Ozzy far happier. He commented: “I have a star in Hollywood on their Walk of Fame but having a Star in my home town means so much more to me. A personal thanks goes out to Lord Mayor Randal Brew.”

The Birmingham Walk of Stars will honour those people who have made a significant contribution in the categories of music, television, film, radio, theatre, sport and literacy.

Future stars are likely to be given to comedian Jasper Carrot and actress Julie Walters.

The public are now being asked to get involved and to nominate and vote for the stars they would like to see honoured,

Nominate your choices here at walkofstars.co.uk

Ozzy Osborne gets Brum ‘star’

May 18, 2007

Ozzy

Veritable prince of darkness and bat chewer Ozzy Osbourne is to be honoured with the first star on Birmingham city’s new Walk Of Fame on Broad Street on July 6.

The singer’s induction will be on the same day he plays a hometown show at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena, part of his biggest solo European tour ever.

Ozzy has already been inducted in a Walk Of Fame Before, he was honoured with a star on Hollywood’s version in 2002. However, being given the Brum star makes Ozzy far happier. He commented: “I have a star in Hollywood on their Walk of Fame but having a Star in my home town means so much more to me. A personal thanks goes out to Lord Mayor Randal Brew.”

The Birmingham Walk of Stars will honour those people who have made a significant contribution in the categories of music, television, film, radio, theatre, sport and literacy.

Future stars are likely to be given to comedian Jasper Carrot and actress Julie Walters.

The public are now being asked to get involved and to nominate and vote for the stars they would like to see honoured,

Nominate your choices here at walkofstars.co.uk

Nick Drake ‘Family Tree’ LP for release

May 18, 2007

Nickdrake

After his death in 1974, Nick Drake‘s parents Rodney and Molly Drake began to receive visits from fans at their Tanworth-In-Arden house – fans compelled by Nick’s music to understand more about its source by travelling to the place where he lived and died.

For Rodney and Molly, this was no invasion of privacy. Aware that this might be the beginning of the recognition that their son had longed for in his lifetime, they invited those fans in, improvised meals, even prepared beds for the night. And, of course, when Rodney and Molly mentioned that the young Nick had recorded music on an early reel-to-reel recorder, it seemed only natural that perhaps they might play some of those songs to the rapt young pilgrims who had journeyed here. Often fans left with their own cassette tapes of those songs. Unlike Nick’s albums, which contained only his own material, these tapes, compiled by Rodney Drake, were comprised mostly of other people’s compositions: the folk and blues tunes used by many a young guitarist in the 60s, attempting to master the fretboard. Nick played Jackson C. Frank, Bert Jansch, Dave Van Ronk and, of course, Bob Dylan. This much we know because, inevitably, those tapes soon found their way into the wider public domain.

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Nick Drake ‘Family Tree’ LP for release

May 18, 2007

Nickdrake

After his death in 1974, Nick Drake‘s parents Rodney and Molly Drake began to receive visits from fans at their Tanworth-In-Arden house – fans compelled by Nick’s music to understand more about its source by travelling to the place where he lived and died.

For Rodney and Molly, this was no invasion of privacy. Aware that this might be the beginning of the recognition that their son had longed for in his lifetime, they invited those fans in, improvised meals, even prepared beds for the night. And, of course, when Rodney and Molly mentioned that the young Nick had recorded music on an early reel-to-reel recorder, it seemed only natural that perhaps they might play some of those songs to the rapt young pilgrims who had journeyed here. Often fans left with their own cassette tapes of those songs. Unlike Nick’s albums, which contained only his own material, these tapes, compiled by Rodney Drake, were comprised mostly of other people’s compositions: the folk and blues tunes used by many a young guitarist in the 60s, attempting to master the fretboard. Nick played Jackson C. Frank, Bert Jansch, Dave Van Ronk and, of course, Bob Dylan. This much we know because, inevitably, those tapes soon found their way into the wider public domain.

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Ian Brown to tour and new LP

May 17, 2007

GitIn anticipation of his new album, due for an Autumn release, Ian Brown has announced a mammoth 22 date tour of the UK for September and October.

Brown’s 5th studio album, the follow-up to 2004’s Solarized, has the working title The World is Yours and is being recorded at London’s RAK studios with Ex Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and Big Arm’s and Happy Mondays’ Paul Ryder. New tracks in the works include Goodbye to the Badlands and Some Folks Are Hollow.

The mighty simian recently performed a short set at this year’s Manchester Versus Cancer event at MEN Arena. Songs included Ian Brown classics F.E.A.R., Golden Gaze, Dolphins Were Monkeys and two more new songs – On Track and Goodbye To The Broken. The finale of the show was a storming rendition of I Am the Resurrection with Brown joined on stage by Mani and Andy Rourke on bass.

Of the new album Brown says “The NME (Godlike Genius) award and all that gave me the pick up and the confidence to really go for it now – so far it’s sounding like this LP’s going to dwarf the others. I know everyone always says their latest is their best, but I really feel that this time. I’ve really gone all out with the lyrics and melodies. I’m trying to make my own What’s Going On. It’s going to be something really beautiful, with violins, dead sharp beats, socially conscious lyrics – this time around, I’m trying to bury everything I’ve ever done.”

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Richard Hawley to tour

May 15, 2007

Richardhawley
What happens when you mix Johnny Cash, Nick Cave and Scott Walker and get the resultant mush and fling it into a cement mixer in Sheffield? You get the honeyed tones of the brilliant Richard Hawley. Hawley is a tour-de-force live and should be caught by anyone with an interest in classic pop. Thankfully for you, he’s about to hit the road.

Hawley has announced a 15-date UK tour, ahead of the release of his new album in August.

The tour will kick off in Southampton on September 2, and will conclude in Manchester on September 21.

Hawley’s new album ‘Lady’s Bridge’ will be released on August 20. Read over for dates.

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Robert Wyatt recording new LP

May 14, 2007

Robertwyatt The legendary Robert Wyatt has signed a new record deal with independent label Domino Recordings, and has started recording the follow up to his 2003 Mercury Music Prize nominated album, "Cuckooland," due for release this Autumn.

Wyatt joins Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy/ Will Oldham, Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys at Domino.

The icon will also be making an appearance at this year’s Hay Festival, in Hay On Wye, this month.

The 20th edition of the literature and arts festival will see Wyatt in conversation with renowned music writer Simon Reynolds – discussing his diverse career from Soft Machine to working with Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Bjork.

He will also be talking about what it’s like being a songwriter in muisc today.

Robert Wyatt appears at Hay On Wye on May 27.

Ride to reform!

May 11, 2007

Ride

Ride are the latest band to hit the reunion trail, following the recent reformations of other indie icons the Jesus and Mary Chain (according to Uncut).

Ride fronted by Andy Bell and Mark Gardener were at the forefront of the shoegazing scene until the band’s split in 1996 which saw them releasing one of their better LPs, Tarantula (aint that always the way!?).

Members of the group have pursued various pursuits since the break-up, with Andy Bell forming Hurricane#1, and going on to become a member of Oasis (spit).

Mark Gardner toured as a solo artist and as Animalhouse, whilst drummer Laurence Colbert has been drumming with the newly reformed Jesus and Mary Chain.

Ride are tipped to play the North By Northeast Music and Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. The festival takes place June 7-10.

There is no word yet whether Ride will play any UK dates, though a live DVD is being planned for release soon. Don’t expect Mark Gardener to have as much hair as he once did though kiddies… [Mof Gimmers]

Bonnie Prince Billy to cover Mariah Carey?

May 8, 2007

Devendra_banhart

Devendra Banhart has covered Oasis for a new compilation.

The singer does a version of ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ on the compilations ‘Guilt By Association’, which is set to be released on August 27.

‘What the piss is going on’ you may well be thinking. Well, it explaining the logic behind the album, Wes Verhoeve general manager of Engine Room, who are releasing the album, said: "A lot of really great bands were being dropped from the major labels at that time, and we thought it would be a cool idea to have bands like that cover some of the acts that were actually being supported by the majors."

Read, great acts covering shit ones. Proof? The album also features Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy doing Mariah Carey’s ‘Can’t Take That Away’ and The Concretes doing ”Back For Good’ by Take That. Read over for full tracklisting…

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Amps up to 11. Spinal Tap are back!

May 5, 2007

Tap

Spinal Tap are back to brandish their big bottoms and tell us all about their hell holes. This time the mock-rockers want to help save the world from global warming.

The spoof heavy metal group immortalised in the 1984 mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap, will reunite for a performance at Wembley Stadium as part of the Live Earth concerts scheduled worldwide for July 7.

The original members of Spinal Tap will be there: guitarist Nigel Tufnel (played by Christopher Guest), singer David St Hubbins (Michael McKean) and the genius that is bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer). Expect a single to coincide. [Mof Gimmers]